By Diane Forrest
A friend of mine is an ice cream fanatic. We have spent several days talking about ice cream and the different flavors he likes, and the different places he has tried them. He vacations in Mexico at a resort, and loves their homemade ice cream and will eat many bowls at a time while he is there. I recently told him about my favorite brand of ice cream, and to my surprise he was able to find it where he lives. Even if it is a little more expensive than the store brands, he says the taste can't compare.
Chocolate Ice Cream is one of my all time favorite flavors, and as luck would have it, today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. It has been really hot already so today is a great day to go out and have some chocolate ice cream.
According to punchbowl.com, culinary historians believe that the first ice cream flavors were fruit-based, but by the 18th century both vanilla and chocolate were quite common. Thomas Jefferson took a fancy to ice cream while living abroad during the 1780s. (He was the ambassador to France at the time.) It is likely that he is responsible for bringing this delicious frozen treat to America! Today, the United States produces around 1.6 billion gallons of ice cream each year.
My city no longer has a place that serves hard ice creams, so I will either go to the store and buy some, or make my own. Below is a recipe for Chocolate Ice Cream in a freezer. It is a soft ice cream, like the frosties at Wendy's, so if you have the time, whip up a batch, and if you don’t, you can still grab a cone or a dish of your favorite brand.
Chocolate Ice Cream:
1/2 gallon chocolate milk
1 can sweated condensed milk
1 8-ounce carton of cool whip
Mix in a large bowl and place in your ice cream freezer. Follow directions to your freezer as directed.
This is a perfect treat for a warm summer night, or even a cold winter night! Enjoy!
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